Photo from Seattle Kokon Taiko's Facebook page.
Photo from Seattle Kokon Taiko’s Facebook page.

Seattle Kokon Taiko presents taiko for beginners—Naname Style. The beginner class is a 4-week series with a focus on slant-stand (naname-dai) style drumming, which will explore the intricacies of Left and Right, Loud and Soft, Big and Small, Up and Down. Participants will learn Matsuri Taiko, a well-known North American taiko piece written by Seiichi Tanaka of San Francisco Taiko Dojo.

Matsuri Taiko (Festival Drum) uses the basic taiko elements of kuchi-shoga (mouth singing), kata (stance/form), and jiuchi (stick technique), and then incorporates movement about the drum. Students will learn drum dynamics, timing, patterns and how to put ma (space) in their rhythm and genki (spirit) in their form.

Dates: Sundays, January 11 to February 1
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Cost: $95 per person

Deadline to register is Friday, January 2, 2015. Registration form available at:

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